Nintendo Revolution

Sleek new next generation wireless home game console will be GameCube, 64, SNES, and NES backwards compatible

Nintendo RevolutionNintendo would employ a wide-ranging strategy to attract more kinds of gamers to more kinds of games. When Nintendo Revolution arrived in 2006, it followed the motto of all-access gaming.

"We will show the world what a next-gen system can be. Revolution marries the strongest heritage of innovation to the future of gaming," says Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. "With backward compatibility and the virtual console concept, the stylish, compact body provides maximum gaming power. It will not only take home entertainment into another dimension by expanding the definition of video games, but it also will give you access to the great history of gaming."

The new console boasts high-quality materials and a smart, compact design, approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together. It will come with a silver stand that makes the system a welcome, artistic component of any multimedia setup, whether it is displayed vertically or horizontally.

The new console plays all games from the current Nintendo GameCube generation. The console also will have downloadable access to 20 years of fan-favorite titles originally released for Nintendo 64, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and even the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

A bay for an SD memory card will let players expand the internal flash memory. Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube discs.

Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.

The system features 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, wireless controllers, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi access. A worldwide network of Nintendo players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment. Revolution's technological heart, a processing chip developed with IBM and code-named Broadway" and a graphics chip set from ATI code-named Hollywood, will deliver game experiences not previously possible.

A number of Wi-Fi-enabled launch titles are in development that will employ Nintendo's newly announced wireless gaming service, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. A worldwide network of Nintendo players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment.

A dynamic development architecture equally accommodates both big-budget, high-profile game masterpieces as well as indie games conceived by individual developers.